Hungary GP3: Aaro Vainio victorious after Conor Daly battle

Aaro Vainio completed a lights-to-flag victory in the opening GP3 race in Hungary

Hungary GP3: Aaro Vainio victorious after Conor Daly battle

The Korainen racer made a good start, keeping ART's Conor Daly behind through the first corner.

Over the next half a dozen laps he stretched the lead to over 2.5 seconds, before Daly started to reel him in.

But the gap was never under a second until the race was neutralised with just four laps to go.

The late safety car was brought out by a nasty looking crash between Luis Sa Silva and Emanuele Zonzini, which ended with the latter flying over the back of the former's car on the exit of Turn 1. Both drivers were unhurt in the incident.

At the restart Daly made an excellent exit through the final turn, and managed to run side-by-side with Vainio through Turn 2. But the Finn held on to secure a great win.

Russian Daniil Kvyat claimed third for MW Arden, while Jack Harvey was fourth for ART.

Carlos Sainz Jr made a stunning start, which helped him to fifth, while sixth for ART's Facu Regalia owed much to his great getaway too.

Points leader Tio Ellinas failed to score for the first time this season for Manor following a fraught afternoon.

In a race of few overtaking moves, the main action took place for the final points-paying positions. Kevin Lorjus took seventh, Robert Visoiu eighth, Patrick Niederhauser ninth and Giovanni Venturini 10th and the final point.

Results - 17 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team          Time/Gap	
 1.  Aaro Vainio          Koiranen    29m17.213s
 2.  Conor Daly           ART            +0.691s
 3.  Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden       +4.853s
 4.  Jack Harvey          ART            +7.061s
 5.  Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden       +7.262s
 6.  Facu Regalia         ART            +7.507s
 7.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen       +8.588s
 8.  Robert Visoiu        MW Arden       +9.307s
 9.  Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer        +10.295s
10.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident       +11.550s
11.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer        +12.736s
12.  Tio Ellinas          Manor         +13.175s
13.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor         +14.139s
14.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status        +16.751s
15.  Patrick Kujala       Koiranen      +18.645s
16.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin        +18.793s
17.  David Fumanelli      Trident       +19.245s
18.  Melville McKee       Bamboo        +21.309s
19.  Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin        +21.428s
20.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer        +21.725s
21.  Adderly Fong         Status        +22.012s
22.  Josh Webster         Status        +22.372s
23.  Carmen Jorda         Bamboo        +22.793s
24.  Lewis Williamson     Bamboo        +23.417s

Retirements:

        Driver            Team                Laps
        Luis Sa Silva     Carlin              12
        Emanuele Zonzini  Trident             12
        Josh Webster      Status              6
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